Transformation Leadership Model – In Depth Discussion
Let’s take a closer look at the model, where we can point out the practical steps for leadership development that grow out of it.
The Gear Box – The Kingdom of God and The Holy Spirit
In our model, this is both the ultimate “system” as well as the “gear box” within which our own leadership is most effective. At the time of creation, God assigned man and woman to reign over all living creatures, having dominion over all the earth. When we sought control of our own destiny, God gave us over to our own devices, removing us from the place of leadership He has intended for us. Satan stepped into the picture, poisoning and destroying all of God’s work that he could and taking control of the world. Finally, God sent His son Jesus who took back the keys to creation and paid the penalty for our original rebellion. He redeemed the world and put us back into a leadership position. Our job description is to reclaim the dark, ruined and lost places, and restore them to their former state of perfection.
The prerequisites for such a task are that we are totally submitted to God’s mission, and that we purposefully allow the Holy Spirit to direct our work and give us the power to accomplish it. Hence, the “gear box”, filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit. We cannot accomplish our leadership task without Him because of His job description. We see it in a few places. It begins in John 15:26: “When the Counselor comes…the Spirit of Truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.” Then the description goes on in John 16:8-10: “When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.” And finally, in verse 14, “He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.”
The job of reclaiming what is lost starts with the Holy Spirit convincing people and systems that they are, indeed lost and that the only way back is through Christ’s cross and resurrection. He gives us the revelation knowledge, gifts and power to “open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they might receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in [Jesus].” Acts 26:17-18.
The Holy Spirit equips us with the gifts and talents we need. He sets us up “to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12)
The Kingdom of God – How we fit in
Luke 2:49 is a crucial passage. Jesus, as a boy, stays behind when His family leaves Jerusalem and later is found teaching in the temple. His reply to His parents’ concern was, “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” Jesus recognizes that His focus is to be on His heavenly Father’s affairs, business. He leaves the care and safety of His earthly father and begins to walk into His destiny, fulfilling the Father’s purpose. This is our leadership model and our leadership task. Our calling is to be about the Father’s purpose.
What we also see in this passage is the emphasis on Father and Son. Seeing His identity as a son of the Father establishes for us a mandate to operate in the Kingdom Business as a family business. We are rightful owners, vested with the authority of the Father. We operate with the Father’s blessing. We represent the character of the Father. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus [that is, in His Son] to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10) Eberle does a great job of developing this theme of the second generation family business in his book, Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace.
But there is a third lesson here in that afterwards, He also returns to His earthly father’s business, creating a link between his worldly job and his eternal purpose that He would walk in the rest of His life. Christ lays the groundwork here for an understanding of our own work as the vehicle for accomplishing God’s work.
One final thought on The Kingdom realm within which we operate. It is a realm of faith. Our effectiveness as leaders in the Kingdom realm is dependent on our ability to move and act in faith. We serve “the God who…calls things that are not as though they were. (Romans 4:17) God’s operating manual is one by which “we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” (Hebrews 11:3) Our words of faith create new realities. They bring about what is in God’s mind and heart.
The Gear Train – Our company or organization
Looking again at our model, you will see a set of four gears, meshed with each other. These represent your company or organization. (Of course, there are tens of thousands of marketplace entities operating within the Kingdom and led by the Holy Spirit, but that is well beyond our humble illustration abilities). The transfer of power from the Holy Spirit starts with yourself, perfectly meshed with Him and powered by His gifts and authority.